How To Run Successful Home Business While Being A Great Mom

Any mom who runs a home business while also raising her children knows how challenging that combination can be. Before you started, you may have imagined long afternoons spent reading books while your business grew on its own. However, the reality may be that you are scrambling around the Internet while your children are staring glassy eyed at the television.


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You Can Succeed With a Few Boundaries

Luckily, there are ways to be a great mother while running a home business, but it won’t always be easy. The most important ingredient for success is drawing boundaries. Ideally, you need to set aside time for mothering and time for working. The way that you decide to arrange this will depend on your family’s unique needs.

Finding Time for Working

If you have small children, you may be able to work while they nap. If you have a friend or a group of friends who also have home businesses, you may be able to set up a babysitting collective. With older children, you can enroll them in a class or take them to an indoor gym while you work. While they hone their gymnastic skills or kick the soccer ball around, you can access the Internet on your laptop and earn money.

Alternatively, you may be able to work when your spouse is home, when your children are in school, or any time that you know that your children will be occupied. For instance, if you know that your children like to play outside with the neighbors in the afternoon, you can plan to spend a few hours working then. The beauty of working for yourself with a home business is that when a child related emergency pops up, you can turn away from the Internet to kiss a boo-boo or give a hug. Mothers who work away from home simply do not have this luxury.

Finding Time for Children

Once you have set aside time for work, you need to set aside time for your children. When you have a home business, it can be tempting to work all the time. When this happens, your children may feel ignored or frustrated. Ideally, you should have times when your home business is simply not open. In the evening, for instance, you can set aside a few hours to devote to reading to your children and getting them ready for bed. At least once a week, you should have a day where you do not even look at the Internet.

The Joys of Having It All

When you draw boundaries between your home business and your children, you set yourself up for success. These boundaries ensure that both your children and your business get the attention that they need and deserve. The best part is when you need to spend extra time working on the Internet or extra time with a child; you have the ability to restructure your priorities.

Kari Ann is a stay at home mom of three wild boys. She has run a home business for over four years.

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